Tom Hanks will enter the world of Wes Anderson’s jewelry box. The Oscar-winning “Forest Gump” star will play a cameo role in the director’s upcoming effort, which is yet to be titled.
He will play an unspecified minor role, joining a heavyweight cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Adrian Brody. This is the first collaboration between Hanks and Anderson. This is remarkable given how Hanks sought out the best writers during his decades in the business, previously collaborating with Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Demme, Paul Greengrass, Robert Zemeckis and the Coen brothers.
Plot details of Anderson’s latest are being kept under wraps, but the film will undoubtedly be a meticulously constructed eye candy, brimming with hyper-stylized set design and framing. All of these attributes were on full display this year at Cannes, where Anderson launched “The French Dispatch,” a love letter to journalism that received positive reviews. Searchlight Picture will open the film on October 22. It stars Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Willem Dafoe and Jeffrey Wright, as well as Brody, Murray and Swinton.
Hanks recently starred in the World War II drama “Greyhound” for Apple TV Plus and won an Oscar nomination for channeling Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. He will then be seen as Geppetto in a live-action version of “Pinocchio” scheduled to air on Disney Plus and as Colonel Tom Parker in the untitled Baz Luhrmann film about Elvis Presley.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Hanks’ involvement.